A separate page should contain an abstract of between 100 and 300 words, summarising the key points of your dissertation.
Another separate page should contain a signed declaration that the work is entirely your own, and that all sources have been fully acknowledged. You should be aware that plagiarism is a serious offence, and, if detected, could result in a mark of zero for the entire project (and possible expulsion from the MSc degree programme as well, which would prevent you from resubmitting at a later date).
You may include a table of contents if you wish. Alternatively your ‘Introduction’ section could explain the structure of the document.
The body of your dissertation should contain approximately 25 to 40 pages of text and formulas. This excludes the title page, abstract page and declaration page, along with any tables, charts and diagrams in the body of your dissertation. Table of contents, appendices and bibliography are also excluded from this page count.
You should include a detailed bibliography (list of references), giving full details of all the books, papers and other resources cited elsewhere in your dissertation. Various referencing styles are in popular use. I suggest you choose a style used in a respectable mathematics journal, such as the Journal of the London Mathematical Society. Remember that (i) you must be entirely consistent, and (ii) each reference must be complete, allowing the resource to be easily and unambiguously identified. Also remember that a reference should be cited in the text of your project at every place it is made use of.
Appendices, if present, should contain material that supports the main body of the text, but which does not have to be read in detail. Any appendices will, however, be marked.
Please number all the pages of your dissertation.
You should use 1.5 or double line spacing, and a font size of 12 point. Do not use a fancy font style. Your final submission should be single-sided. Use wide margins (minimum 2cm for top, right and bottom, 4cm for left-hand side to allow room for the binding).
There is substantial credit given for a professional presentation. You are strongly advised to use LaTeX and not Microsoft Word, especially if your dissertation contains a lot of mathematical equations.
In your dissertation you should make it completely clear which results are your own, and which are someone else’s. Any results mentioned in your dissertation that are not your own should be properly referenced (otherwise you would be guilty of plagiarism).
You should also acknowledge (in your dissertation) any books, journal papers, lecture notes, research notes, other people’s MSc/PhD theses, websites, third-party computer programs, etc. that you access/use during the course of your project, even if you do not directly incorporate material from these into your dissertation.